The government will not directly restrict the purchase of state-owned companies

Moscow. December 8. The government does not intend to introduce regulation of procurement in state-owned companies like rationing of purchases by agencies and officials, but will give instructions to their representatives in the boards of Directors to raise these issues for consideration that each such company internal documents adopted, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during the meeting with activists of the Russian popular front (onf) on Tuesday.

“The state companies the story is more complicated. Public companies – we are their so-called in common parlance, but we have no state-owned companies. We have joint stock companies, which are commercial organizations, and control of which the state may exercise, directly or indirectly. In this sense, of course, directly to dictate to businesses what they should buy, from the government, I think that this is a very Soviet practice, and we should not go”, – said Medvedev, commenting on the proposal of the popular front on the rationing of purchases by state-owned companies.

“But that doesn’t mean that we don’t care what they buy. I suggest to go another way – to give binding instructions to state representatives in the boards of Directors to consider these issues at the meetings of the boards of Directors of each company, consistent with the level of domestic consumption, culture and just the reasonableness of such internal documents are adopted. Then it would be consistent with applicable corporate rules and at the same time is not a sign of pettiness from a government that regulates everything, including the activities of commercial organizations”, – said the Prime Minister.

During the meeting, the project leader of the popular front “For fair procurement” Anton Guetta had proposed “to extend the system of rationing (procurement) on the state of the company”.

“Today signals our activists, they (state companies) is the top of our list – index of extravagance. And demand rationing,” explained a proposal onf Guetta. In his view, such principles of procurement should be extended to state-owned companies, which operate according to 223 Federal law (the law on purchases of state companies).

In early September, Medvedev signed a decree according to which is introduced the regulation on procurement of several goods by the heads of the Federal authorities. In particular, since 2016, officials will not be able to order a car with capacity of more than 200 horsepower and cost more than 2,5 million roubles.

Apart from cars, the total requirements and costs are defined only for smartphones, the price of which will be for Department heads and their deputies 15 thousand rubles.